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Gabby Parsons – on the air @ WMMM Madison, WI

Gary Bryan programmed the great rocker KNBQ Tacoma with jocks like Matt Alan, Steve Randall and Ichabod Caine. Under Gary Bryan’s leadership, KNBQ went head-to-head with Seattle’s best CHR stations. Bryan can now be heard @ KRTH/Los Angeles every weekday morning.

Gary Shannon/Gary Burleigh – KJR radio personality in the 1970s, Ex-KOMO radio news anchor, usually heard Sunday afternoon/evening. Retired, organizes and conducts interviews for Puget Sound Media.

Gary Chittim KING 5 News; left the station to work for LED Lighting company

Gary Crawford – Gary Crawford is working at KPLU and works at Topo Swope Talent.

Gary-CrowGary Crow began at his hometown rocker KALE-AM, Richland, in 1969.
“After six months, I was hired by Steve West to work at the new rock station KTAC-AM, Tacoma, I was fired for being arrested but I got hired by Stan Foreman at KGHO, Hoquiam.
After eight months at the Grays Harbor station I went to work at the legendary rocker KOL-AM in 1972. KOL was the hipper AM, against KJR. We would play the longer versions of Top 40 hits. KJR jocks were more big voices and straight, KOL jocks were more “street wise” and psychedelic At the AM station I would sneak next door to KOL-FM. I was hooked on the progressive album rock format.
“KOL eventually changed ownership and format. Most of the staff were let go..
“I was hired at KZOK in 1973 to do evenings, but ended up working mornings, afternoons and middays. I was also KZOK music director for three wonderful years. At KZOK, we believed the audience wanted to hear a large variety of Rock and we gave it to them. KZOK became the first FM station to defeat then unbeatable top-40 KJR in the ratings.
“In 1977 I was hired at KISW by Bob Bingham to do afternoons. There were ten fantastic years at KISW, which originally was called “FM 100.” In 1978 we started playing hard rock, rocking right out of the gates in morning drive. It worked!
“KISW “Seattle’s Best Rock,” became the first FM to beat the perennial ratings-leader “news-radio” KIRO-AM. I had wonderful years at KISW with friends and partners Mike West and Bob Hovanes. Great personalities like Steve Slaton, Robin and Maynard and Bo Roberts.
“I left KISW in 1987 and helped form KXRX at “96DOT5”, with Robin and Maynard and Mike West and myself. Seven great years at KXRX — but I was let go for, shall we say, political reasons. I got hired at “The Mountain” KMTT. Four good years there, once again united with Mike West. My contract expired and I was offered afternoons at KZOK and a long-term contract. I jumped at the chance to go full circle and return to basic rock ‘n roll, and, again, Robin and Maynard and Steve Slaton.
“Radio has changed immensely! Due to ownership. Working for a single owner like Lester Smith at KISW, we had a real family feel, everyone knew everyone. Now, with station consolidation we have four outlets in the same building competing against each other. Now you can see the enemy, if you want to look at it that way! But at the CBS Radio group, all stations realize their position in the market place and work towards one common goal: Winning your share of the total market.
“What’s kind of weird is that it through all this consolidation, it’s still possible to have fun. I still do, and I think that is the single reason I am still around after all these years. I love being on the air — through one owner or a huge conglomerate.
“The major difference between Mornings and Afternoons, or any other shift for that matter, is winning!
The morning show jump starts your entire station and you’d better be great! Mornings set the tone for the entire radio station in posturing and attitude. You’d better be good! You’re getting people up and off to work and need a show that is fun to listen to, participate in and, I hate this word but I’ll use it anyway… compelling. The best morning shows are raw yet educated, rude but not crude, informative and innovative. You’ll age two years for every one year you do Mornings and, as Don Imus said, there isn’t enough money in the world to destroy your life by doing Morning Radio!
“Afternoons is a walk-in-the-park compared to Mornings. The same prep, but a different pace as people head home and want to unwind with their favorite friend and good music. (Adapted bio material posted on Soundrider.com, 2012)

Gary Hoffman [KOMO] has been at KFI/Los Angeles since 2004

Gary Justice grew up in Spanaway, Pierce County, graduated from Washington State University in 1965 and worked at KIMA-TV in Yakima and KING-TV before joining KIRO in 1972 as the station’s 11 p.m. anchor. He was sports director for a time, doing the first TV play-by-play of a Seahawks game and doing commentary for KIRO-TV’s broadcast of SuperSonics basketball games, working with Pete Gross. Justice left KIRO TV at the end of 1994 to work for James Feek Corp. of Seattle, an independent insurance brokerage

Gary Linton came from Utah to country-music KAYO as part of the morning team Ryan & Linton. The two also worked at KVI-AM and KMPS-AM.
The team became Ryan & Ryan after moving to hit-music KYYX, and sister-station KXA as it plunged into an automated oldies format.
Linton stayed with his air name Gary Ryan as he began fill-in work on KIRO-AM and KOMO-AM. His aggressive, conservative bent came out after KIRO, and in 2008 he moved to the “Megatalk” stations KITZ, Silverdale, and KGTK, Olympia.
“The Gary Ryan Show” was offered in syndication for a short while. Gary Linton on Facebook

Jeanne Lockhart News anchor at KIRO Radio since 1996, lost 5-year battle with breast cancer September 2013.

(Gary died in his sleep in April 2020.) Gary Lockwood got his start in Seattle on KING-AM, (“L.J. the D.J.” had a long tenure there, but an even more formidable term at KJR, 1976 to 1991. He began as KJR’s afternoon jock, transferred to the morning shift in 1981. Lockwood had a number of entertaining bits, his most hilarious was when ‘Captain Lockjock’ teamed with newsman B.R. Bradbury for “Police Blotter” — detailing actions of stupid crooks. Other well-remembered features were “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Melody Matinee,” and “Royal News from Abroad.”
Lockwood got newspaper headlines for reputedly being Seattle’s first million-dollar talent — in 1984 a station manager affirmed that Lockwood’s multi-year contract renewal would assure him $1.5 million total. Lockwood surely is a candidate for Seattle’s funniest disk jockey, making a name for himself despite running against a good looking movie star of the same name
In September 1991 LockJock was “yanked from his early morning show” –another headline-grabbing event — as new owners at KJR plunged into its sports-talk format. (Seattle SuperSonics play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro was pushed in as KJR’s interim morning host.)
Although dumped at KJR, Lockwood was off the air for only a month. On November 22 1991 he start mornings at classic-rock KZOK, staying there until 1996. (Lockwood began in radio in 1964 as Sammy Carr in Saginaw, Michigan. He was brought to Seattle from KGW, Portland.) Lockwood confessed that his goal was not to stay in radio. His goal was to live on the beach, look at the ocean. In 2003 he reported “I am retired and living in Bradenton, Florida. I still do occasional voice work, but I haven’t done a radio show since I left KZOK.”

In 1981, Gary Semro/Gary Clark signed on the Country music format on the Satellite Music Network. He ran for Colorado House District 43 in 2010. He lost. He listed himself as president of West Point Energy, LLC and has worked at WCBS and at Dial Global Networks [2001-2010].

Gary Shalander – Gary Neil at KJUN Puyallup. A graduate of Ron Bailie School of Broadcasting.

Gary Spinnell/Gary Loving — DJ at KUUU and KOL, sportscaster at KIRO TV, now owner of Spinnell and Stwan Marketing and Media in Seattle.

Gary Todd – KOL (1961 and 1967-68), retired from WIBC in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1988. Later, in 2007 joined Seaview Radio in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

Gary Vance – Air personality. KRKO, KAYO, KMPS. Died September 2014.

Gary West – (James Furrow) Newsman at KING AM, KOL and KAYO. Last reported to be a financial consultant in Bellevue

Gayle DeLaney became the “dream psychologist” on KVI in 1982. This was during KVI’s first brief attempt to become an all-talk station. She had the 4 to 7 p.m. timeslot. She joined a staff including Jack Morton as morning “conversational newsman,” Seattle psychologist Jennifer James, and notorious sports-talker J. Michael Kenyon.. Despite an incredibly short stay here, DeLaney had a long career in the San Francisco area. She has written six books on dream-interpretation.

Gene Collins – Gene Collins (Dr. Gene Huber Hostetter) left radio and became a professor in California. ++ Gene began working at Commercial Productions, an audio and film recording studio, when he began high school. There he met and worked with many of the recording artists of the era. After high school, he became a popular Seattle radio personality (as Gene Collins) on KOL AM and FM and several other Northwest stations. This financed five years of concurrent full-time study at the University of Washington where he received the BSEE and MSEE degrees. Following graduation, he worked for two years at Boeing Airplane Company, and two years as Director of Engineering at the Seattle Broadcasting Company. Following this, he accepted a position at the California State University, Long Beach, where he was a faculty member for 14 years, including service for two terms as Chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department. During two of those 14 years, he was also a Ph.D. student at UC Irvine. His last seven years were spent as a faculty member at UC Irvine. He died on July 30, 1988.

Gene Larson – KFKF and KAYO in the 1960s/1970s. His happiest years in radio occurred in Seattle while working for KAYO, a country music station. The station brought to town the super stars of the late 1960′s and mid 1970′s. Larson had free-run of the Seattle Opera house backstage, private busses, hotel rooms, and various live performance areas of the country stars. Among those he interviewed were: Dolly Parton, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Hank Snow…… some forty of them. His most memorable interview was with his childhood hero, Roy Rogers. Larson died age 79 at Miles City, MT.

Gene LewisGene Lewis – During 8 years with KTNT in Tacoma, he served as news director and won broadcast journalism awards for on-the-spot reporting and for his news commentary.

Gene Wike – [KING 5 News]

George Boucher KBLE – George Wade BOUCHER Age 86, of Indio, CA, passed away August 21, 2010 in La Quinta, CA. He was born on February 27, 1924 He was in Broadcasting for 52 years. George was a car salesman and deal ership owner in St. Louis, MO, while at the same time pursuing a career in Broadcasting. George moved to Seattle in 1952, where he worked for a number of radio stations including KBLE for 40 years. He has been referred to as the “godfather” of Christian Radio. The Northwest Pioneer Broadcasters awarded him for being “the longest running, continuous manager of any Seattle radio station”.

George Edgar KQDE, KETO

George Fisher -George Fisher left radio in 2004 to work in corporate retail

George Garrett – George Garrett (George Ure) resigned as news director of KMPS in 1983. From his bio on George Noory’s website: George Ure was a news director in Seattle from 1970 to 1983. He holds a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on long wave economics. He is a co-holder on four patents related to battery state of charge instrumentation and has a patent pending on measuring user-friendliness of enterprise software. He’s been Senior Vice President of an international airline, a vocational school president, and has just wrapped up a two-year sales & marketing assignment for a major software company. His web site, urbansurvival.com focuses on long wave economics./font>

George Hayes [KQDE]

George Harris – KCBS Reporter George Harris began his broadcasting career in 1975 at KYXI Radio in Portland, Oregon which was his hometown. In 1978 Harris left KTXI for KGW which was the number one station in Portland. Locating to Seattle, Harris was hired at KING. Radio where he became News Director in 1986, also working as a weekend General Assignment Reporter.

Harris was news director at KING radio in Seattle in 1986-87.
In 1987 Harris moved to San Francisco starting his career at KCBS Radio working as a Reporter/Anchor, and in 1996 becoming the primary reporter working out of the Santa Clara County Bureau in San Jose.
Highlights of Harris’ career include coverage of the Mt. St. Helens explosion, the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the East Bay Hills Fire and the riots in South Central Los Angeles.
George was married to Delilah Rene back in the 80′s. And here’s my most fun fact: I introduced them. – Rich Johnson [from the Radio-Info message board]

George Heard DJ at KLAY who got arrested by Tacoma police while on the air. The arrest was for possession and sale of marijuana. [1973]

George Hicks, a Tacoma talent, was the announcer for “Death Valley Days” and will be remembered as a newscaster who reported from the deck of a landing ship under aerial attack during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day.

George Lester – George Lester left radio in 1991 and then wrote thousands of radio commercials. Spunky Flat and Beyond, Growing Up in Texas, Memoir by George Lester.

George Ray replaced Keith Jackson as Sports Director at KOMO 4 when Jackson left for ABC TV in 1964. George Ray went on to work in the publicity & promotions department for the Seattle Pilots’ baseball team in 1968. George Ray went on to volunteer and became a staff member at KCTS 9, retiring in 2012 after 30 years with that station.

George-Richey-KAYO-1150George Richey, was a KAYO Radio music director and a record producer (for artists such as Bonnie Guitar.) Richey went on to write and produce songs for Buck Owens, George Jones and his future wife, Tammy Wynette. He was also a session player, working on recordings by Ringo Starr, Marty Robbins and Lefty Frizzell.

In the marriage of George Richey and Tammy Wynette, George Richey seemed to be the one in control. In fact, Richey was Wynette’s manager. Richey controlled her career and the money. After Wynette’s death in 1998, there was plenty of controversy between Tammy’s family, her doctors and George Richey. Richey was sued by the family for $50 million of Tammy Wynette’s estate.

George Richey married once again, two years after Tammy Wynette died. This final marriage to the former Dallas Cowboy’s cheerleader, Sheila Slaughter, ended about a year later (2001), when George Richey died, following a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

George Shangrow [KING FM] deceased

George Ure was at KURB in 1969.

Gerry Gawne – station manager KING 1090, now: Gawne Creative Media in Bothell

Gil HenryGil Henry KING 1090 personality – last worked in the LA area at KGBS in 1972-73;

gil jacobsenGilbert Jacobsen, passed away at his residence on Bainbridge Island on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. He was 92. He was a proud graduate of the University of Washington and started working in radio as a DJ at the UW. He moved on to sales/advertising for KOL radio, and later became the national sales manager for KIXI Radio before retiring and moving on to become a very successful real estate broker and owner of Perlatti Reality on Bainbridge Island.

Gina Tuttle – KOMO Radio News reporter usually working 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – anchored Noon hour news program beginning 1981, co-anchor was Mike Hamilton.Lately, traffic reporter for Metro Traffic.

Gisela’s Original German Hour which, until it ended, was heard every Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 over radio station KXPA-AM 1540 in Bellevue, WA. Over the years, the program had been carried by KAYE, KMO, KRPM, and KJUN.

Glenn Beck — this 15-year old Mount Vernon youth got weekend work at “the new 93.3” KUBE. after sending an audition tape assembled at KPUG, Bellingham. He graduated to the 7-midnight shift by the time he had graduated from high school. Beck stayed two years before he started getting job offers. KUBE station manager Michael O’Shea tried to keep Beck in the First Media fold, transferring him to KFMY, Provo, UT. as full time morning man. Beck loved imitating Charlie Brown’s audio character “Clydie Clyde” and eventually included that voice in his own repertoire. Offers came from Providence, RI, and Houston. Beck then discovered politics and grew a quick nationwide audience with his radicalized call-in talk show. Soon a Fox Network TV show allowed him to diagram intricate conspiracies on his chalkboard. His emotional political rants have resulted in headline articles in national news magazines and the Washington Post, to say nothing of the President of The United States, who has mentioned him often! Beck jumped from Fox to start his own subscription internet network, GBTV. Now as The Blaze TV, it has become a 24-hour network (but distributed to homes only on Dish TV satellite systems.) (VOS2012)

Glen Martin/Glen McCartney -In his bio he said he worked at KLTX and KJR, Steve Randall remebers working with Glen at KPOI/Honolulu back in 1974-75. Here is Glen said about leaving radio:
Martin would stay in San Diego for almost ten years, before heading to Chicago (WFYR and WCLR), and later Seattle (KLTX and KJR). He left radio in 1993 to become a financial planner and investment advisor.
“I think it wasn’t the same passion for me any more. My competitive urge had been greater than other management’s at the last two stations I was at. Programming was also a job only really well done if you committed to staying on it at some level of supervision 168 hours a week. I didn’t have that left in the tank anymore, didn’t want to miss my kids growing up and didn’t really relish leaving Seattle for the next big paycheck. I’m in financial services; connected to the same company I joined in 1993, but essentially working for myself consulting primarily smaller, closely-held businesses on financial, succession and estate planning.”

Gordon DeWitty [KZAM] -At 12, Gordon was dishing out R&B, Jazz, and Pop music over the local waves. Station KZAM FM in Seattle billed him as “The World’s Youngest Disk Jockey.” At age 20, Gordon took long bus trip to Los Angeles because Bobby Womak heard him working back home and said, “Come on down to LA, I got a gig for you.”

Grant Neilsen retired from KSL in Salt Lake City in March 2015

Greg AustGreg Aust (Austin) took over the midday shift at personality/MOR KVI in June, 1972, already having worked at stations in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Detroit, Chicago and San Francisco, including under the names Chuck Williams and Greg Evans…
First thing Aust did in Seattle was rent a high-rise apartment two blocks from KVI’s home in the Tower Building. He then plunged into Seattle nightlife, as only a midday announcer living an easy walk to the station could. Restaurant meals every night. In fact his apartment refrigerator contained only “champagne and strawberries.”
He shook up KVI listeners with funny phone calls, facetious announce that the station was changing to the All-Polka Sound, intentionally playing records at the wrong speed. He lasted but a year and a half, and moved to Boston and WVBF, where he became a near legend as “Austin of Boston.” Aust passed away in San Diego in 2015.

See an article on GREG AUST HERE

Greg Connors DJ. KOL, KING, KMCS. Deceased

Greg [Grant Broadwell] Cook worked part-time at KSON San Diego, then mornings at KIFM San Diego. Parted ways with KIFM January 2016.

Greg Copeland KING 5 weekend morning news anchor

Greg Kay [KBRO]

Greg MacArthur is imaging/Production Director at CBS/Seattle

Greg McClure …more info

Greg Miles [KRIZ]

Greg Ogonowski [Engineer KZOK]- VP Product Development – Orban

Greg O’Neill left radio in LA in 1996 and is now a writer and involved in TV and film productions

Greg Palmer – Greg Palmer began writing unusual news vignettes on KTW-AM — example: boat horns, splashing water and a stuffy sommelier were used for a 20 second headline that alcohol could now be served on Washington State Ferries..In the mid ’70s Palmer became a writer, reporter and producer for KING-TV. He wrote five books. A Mercer Island native, his book “Cheese Deluxe: A Memoir” was a collection of short stories about teenagers at a burger joint on Mercer Island. It was published just before Palmer learned that he had terminal lung cancer.
He submitted his own obituary to The Seattle Times — a promotional device for his 1993 TV documentary on death and dying in cultures around the world. His work also appeared at local theaters and various Park Department productions. He worked in television as a talk-show host and news reporter, among other jobs.
In 1996, Palmer became a producer and writer for KCTS-TV. He contributed a weekly series of humorous commentaries.
In 2002, Palmer published “Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome,” a largely biographical journal about how a father and his son coped with the developmental disorder. He received a lifetime achievement award at the 46th annual Northwest Emmy Awards. He died in 2009, age 61. He was survived by his wife and two children. (VOS2012) – deceased May 8, 2009 Greg Palmer dies of cancer – Mercer Island Reporter

Greg Thunder [KMPS] Was working at KS95-FM Minneapolis, Now working at KILT/Houston

Gregg Hersholt – Newsman. – now morning anchor KOMO AM
1973-78: KJRB. Spokane
1979: KYTE Portland (fired on my birthday!)
1979: KPAM Portland
1980-83: KJR Seattle
1983-84: KVI Seattle
1984-2010: KIRO Seattle (fired on my wife’s birthday!)
2011-12: KXL Portland
2012-present: KOMO Seattle

Gretchen Hart [KEZX]

Hal Lavers worked at Country KAYO Seattle

Hal Links left KTW in 1965 and went to work as an underwriter for Safeco Insurance

Hal Raymond [KAYO]- Hal Raymond was born in Illinois in 1932. KISN Program Director, 1959-61. KEX 1968-72. KGW 1964-68 died of ALS 08/08/05; [Hal Nettleship] FROM 440 Satisfaction .com:
Hal Raymond
WDZ [Decatur IL] 1957
WEEK [Peoria IL] 1958
KISN [Portland OR] 1959
KAYO [Seattle WA] 1961
KBOX [Dallas TX] 1962
WDGY [Minneapolis MN] 1962
KGW [Portland] 1964
KEX [Portland] 1968
WSBA [York PA] 1973
WOYK [York] 1995-1998
Hal Raymond died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) August 8, 2005.

Hal Widsten [PD at KING AM 1972]

Halley Cole

Harmon “Rocky” Shay KETO, KOMO, KIRO

Harry Holland

Harry Jordan

Harry Sloane [KOMO AM News] moved to KOMO TV News 1972

Harry Smith/Bill Bray – deceased

Harry Smith/Rhys Berryman retired/living in Sun City, CA – [Tom, Dick and Harry] One of the oldest radio stations in Seattle, KTW (1250 AM) had a tortured history, including its beginning in a church loft, with a meager signal and a sunset sign-off. After being sold by the First Presbyterian Church in Seattle, the station suffered a series of owners and a bankruptcy or two. In late 1964, with the station still at 1250 AM and holding a construction permit for 102.5 FM, a new owner introduced a top-40 format with d.j.s “Tom. Dick, Harry, … and Sam.” The disk jockeys assigned names were Tom Morgan, Dick Jones, Harry Smith … and Sam Kelly. (Even their previous-station experience was made up.) The station’s rock format lasted 9 months and then was switched to the “Nashville Sound.” (KTW would soon endure other indignities in a three-way station-and-frequency shuffle to try to get rid of the sunset sign-off.)

Harv Allen

Heather Bosch – KIRO Radio News reporter, went on to CBS Radio in 2013.

Heather Graf KING 5 News reporter who previously worked at TV stations in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Heather Stark – Worked at Metro Networks; Past: Total Traffic Network/Metro Traffic and Westwood One

Heidi-MayHeidi May knew from age 11 that she wanted to be on the radio.
She held down the midday shift on KJR-FM, became assistant program director, then music director for the top-40 FM station.
“I’ve been fortunate to work in an industry that I love so much for many years,” she said. She was interviewed in 2010 by Michael Easton for the website PugetSoundRadio.com.
“I’ve worked for some of the top radio stations in Seattle. My voice reached nearly a million listeners weekly.I grew up in the 1970s listening to KJR (AM) and KING-AM. For career day in high school I visited KZOK and asked if there were any female disk jockeys. They laughed at me. Such a silly question. There were not any on the air in Seattle. Yet.”
With the help of student loans, she enrolled in a broadcast school. “I was the only girl in my class. A sign of things to come,” Heidi May told the website interviewer. “One of the instructors urged me to drive from Bellingham to Aberdeen if I wanted a job.
“He told me later that he had given that advice to every one in the class, and I was the only one who did it.”
She ended up in Puyallup. “I got my first radio gig doing 10p-5a at KJUN; seven hours a night on the air! I was in heaven. They called me Chrissy Thomas.
“After KJUN, I went by my real name, Heidi May. I went from Puyallup to Shelton and at the same time worked part time at KTAC, Tacoma. I then moved to KBAE (now KRKO) in Everett. In 1986 I got a job at KVI Radio. One of my instructors, Dick Curtis, hired me. He was worried that doing oldies would be a little beyond me. I was in my early twenties at the time. He quizzed me on oldies artist names and hired me anyway. I worked weekends at KVI for awhile. Dick Curtis was doing mornings at the time. Sky Walker came on board and did afternoons and later became Program Director. Curtis stepped down, but continued doing mornings. I’ll always be grateful to Sky Walker for giving me my first full time Seattle radio gig. I got the 7p-12m gig.”
While at KVI she also worked for Mike Webb. “He was the PD there for awhile as well. I liked Mike. We used to pull practical jokes on Paul Thompson (another KVI alum). Paul worked with Ed Hume on his Saturday morning gardening show.
Mike and I called in to the show a few times with crazy gardening problems. Mike would always play the elderly husband and I’d be his crazy wife – all the while trying not to pee my pants from laughing so hard. I was very sad to hear about Mike’s passing a few years back.
“I left KVI in 1990 and got hired on at KBSG Radio. Another oldies station. I was the assistant program director, music director, production director at one point, and the go-to fill-in person. I spent 8 years at KBSG and made some great friendships. I left KBSG in 1998 and went to work for KJR-FM. It was a thrill to get to say those call letters.
“Gary Bryan hired me to do mid-days. During my time at KJR-FM – the station has been through some changes. It was KJR-FM when I was hired, but then we became The New Mix 95.7. That was short lived. The Beat. That was short lived as well. We then became known as Superhits of the 70’s, Rock & Roll’s Greatest Hits and finally Classic Hits.
“I’m a breast cancer survivor and have been active in raising funds for breast cancer. My lumpectomy surgery did not go well. I had a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery early in 2010. I am now cancer free.”
Heidi does voiceover work and public relations work, including for King County Komen Cure for Cancer. (VOS2013)

Herb Hall

Herb Smiles was afternoon disk jockey on KAYE, 1450, Puyallup in 1966 — the format that week or so might have been R&B. He did some goofy things that would have drawn attention if he had been on a bigger station. One early evening he called Larry Lujack’s parents, in Idaho, and put them on the air. Lujack’s reaction? Unknown, but according to Smiles, the parents couldn’t have been more charming. Another time he shaved off one side of his beard just before a local appearance. Another time, he performed a 20 minute “sign off” speech, well before the actually sunset-sign off. He also did some small concert promotions and tried to help promote local bands. (VOS2012)

220px-Howard_DuffHoward Duff, tough-guy movie and radio actor, was born near Bremerton, graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He began acting in school plays after he was cut from the school basketball team.
In World War II he was assigned to the Air Force’s radio service He first appeared as an inmate in the 1947 classic-prison movie “Brute Force.” In later films he often co-starred with his wife Ida Lupino. On network radio Duff played Dashell Hammett’s private eye “Sam Spade” from 1946 to 1950, a detective series appearing from time to time on ABC, CBS or NBC. In 1950, he lost all his radio work and had a difficult time holding on to movie work because he was listed as a subversive person. He later appeared in a number of TV episodes and a 1958-59 sitcom “Mr. Adams and Eve” again co-starring with his wife. He appeared in other short-run TV series, plus “Rockford Files” and as Detective Sergeant Sam Stone in “Felony Squad,” on ABC.
In 1989, he was the grandfather to series star Tom Selleck in “Magnum, P.I.”
Duff died of a heart attack in 1990 in Santa Barbara, Calif. Age 75. (VOS2014)


Howard Hall – Newsman at KING AM and KING TV

Howard Hoffman – is a Commercial Producer at the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, owner of Great Big Radio dot com, and Production/Creative Services Director at KABC/Los Angeles.

Howie-Castle1Howie Castle roamed from Lynchburg, Virginia, to the English Channel from 1965 to 1967, Working at the top-40 pirate station Radio Caroline, he sometimes used the name Bud Ballou, a name he remembered from listening to the radio in hometown Syracuse, N.Y. After 5 more cities and stations in 1985, Castle landed at KQKD, at 1480, Seattle — only recently expanded to 24-hour operation.(Short term — in between the station’s names KYAC, KGAA and KARR.) Castle then continued through five more cities and stations, bouncing between San Diego’s KKYY, KJQY, KYXY amd KOGO where he was a newsman — and from 2006 to 2009 he worked at Metro Networks, San Diego traffic reporting service. When last heard from, under the full name Howard Castle he was doing voiceover and production work in San Diego.

Hubcap Carter [KBRO]

Humble Harve – From KBLA Los Angeles to KHJ, and later KIQQ, KIIS, KUTE, KRLA, KRTH, KCBS-FM, KZLA, WIBG/Philadelphia and KVI Seattle, legendary voice talent Humble Harve will long be remembered as one of the great radio jocks of our time. He might also be remembered for the murder of his wife. It has been said that Miller’s 35 year old wife had been unfaithful and taunted him about it. She reportedly said something along the line of “If you don’t like it, why don’t you get a gun and shoot me?” On the morning of May 7, 1971, Humble Harve Miller, now Mad As Hell Miller, shot and killed his wife Gladys in their Hollywood home with a .38 revolver, and fled the scene. Some days later, he surrendered to authorities and was tried for the crime. He would plead guilty to second degree murder, but in the end served less than three years at Chino Institute for Men, and then resumed his broadcasting career. Another account of the incident was that Miller caught his wife with another man, in the bed they shared, and Miller shot and killed them both. That was not true. Humble Harve Miller was 85 years old when he died June 2019.

Ian Furness KJR Sports anchor and KCPQ 13 Sports – Seahawks reporter. Looking more like his father Milt Furness as he ages.

Ichabod [Randy Hansen] Caine – recently took a run at Internet Radio with wildboarradio.com. Since then she has shut down the project.

Irving Clark Jr – Irving Clark Jr. developed an adventurous nighttime feature on otherwise contemporary-music KING-AM in the mid 1960s — a political call-in.show. Clark, an attorney, was also involved as citizen or lawyer in the Seattle Arts Commission, music fesivals at Seattle Center, renovation of the Pike Place Market. The talk program ran to 1967. Clark died in a sufing accident in Hawaii. Link to Clark’s days as a Harvard Law School in the early 1940s participating in the nationwide fad, swallowing goldfish.

j-michael-kenyonJ. Michael Kenyon’s radio experience at KING-AM, KVI and KLAY almost matched the huberis of his print career. He joined the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as sports writer Mike Glover just as the Supersonics were coming to town, He invented his new name to avoid conflict with another Glover on staff. He worked four different times at the P.I. from 1965 to 1980. He was noted for reporting a long, descriptive Mariners baseball game without bothering to include the final score.
He began a sports-talk show on KING-AM in 1967. Because a Mexican superpowered station would intrude into 1090’s nulls after sunset, particularly io the Green River Valley, Kenyon played mariachi music under his conversations, “to get listeners ready.” He mysteriously walked away from the KING mike because of “management meddling.”
Later at KVI, when placed up against KIRO’s juggernaut nighttime sports-host Wayne Cody, Kenyon was introduced as a sports-talker “with interests in darts, croquet and cricket.” He was a whiz at baseball statistics, had deep interest in wrestling and was an occasional amateur boxer. In 1991 he was on a sports-talk show at KLAY.
After radio, he moved to several California newspapers, then, suffering from accumulating illnesses, moved to the Oregon Coast where through 2010 he became a significant wrestling historian. He died in 2017, age 73. (VOS2012)

J. J. Hemingway started off at an AM daytimer.
“Throughout high school I hung out around oldies KQIN800 (Now KGNW, 820). Eventually they put me on the weekend schedule.”
(Actually J.J. had pretty much made his career choice at age three while crawling under the consoles as his father Jack Hemingway worked shifts at KIXI, KING, KISW, KAYO and KFKF).
“After high school I worked at beautiful music KBBX (later, KEZX), then went ‘cross-country,’ working iin Augusta, Savannah, Winston-Salem-Greensboro, Greenville-Spartanburg, then Dallas, Colorado Springs, Spokane (first time), Great Falls, Columbus and since 1998, back in Spokane. I have done mornings, afternoon drive, production and even put a couple of new stations on the air. I love AC, Hot AC and Classic Hits. It’s the music that I know and love the most.”
Hemingway started Cascade Broadcast Services, a production house, in 1998 and did 10 years at ‘lite-rock Kiss (KISC-FM, Spokane) In 2007 he voicetracked KJR overnights. In 2012 he became morning personality and program director of KACL, Bismark, ND. (Yes, KACL, the fictional radio station of “Frasier.”) Hemingway owns a ’72 Volvo and a ’78 Beetle. He is single and has a son and daughter. Update— April 10, 2015: iHeartMedia has flipped Sports “Fox Sports 1280” KZFS/99.3 K257FX Spokane, WA to Christian AC “Up 99.3“. JJ Hemingway, who spent 15 years at sister AC “Kiss 98.1” KISC rejoins the company to host mornings. — Hemingway later went on to host evenings at KEEH, Spokane’s SHINE 104.9, a Christian music station. J.J. Heminway died unexpectedly on Monday, June 18, 2019.

J.J. Jackson/see: Don Shorter – Pastor in Pierce County

JJ-NITEJ.J. Nite was a jock at KKFX 1250 AM back in the late 80’s. He did the 7-Midnight show called “The House Party”, along with Deacon Baker, Nikki Hill-Garret, etc.

J.J. Valley – Air personality at KJR, KTAC, KOL; resides in Eugene, OR

J. Scott Harrington of KPOK/Portland came to KIXI/Seattle [News]

J. Parker Antrim – Antrim is listed as working on KYA, San Francisco in December, 1983 on KYA KYA Radio 1260 – San Francisco – Airchecks and Jingles Antrim also worked at KGAL Lebanon, OR in 1972, WCOL Columbus, OH and KSJO, San Jose. J. Parker Antrim is retired from radio and living in San Francisco. Joel came to the San Francisco CA market from WCOL in Columbus Ohio but is not from Columbus. He started his radio career in his hometown of Missoula, MT.

J. Walter Beethoven (Wally Thornton) retired from radio and now works for All Star Casting Company and lives in Lake Lotawana, Missouri.

Jack Allen (Thompson) spent 36 years in Northwest radio, including five years as evening announcer and host of “Loveline,” a call-in-and-get-fixed-up program on personality-radio KVI. Here’s his track record; use your adding machine: First part-time radio job as a sophomore in high school in 1960 in Pendleton, Oregon. Then KIDO, Boise, in 1964, KTAC, Tacoma, in 1967, KRKO, Everett, in early 1968, KASH, Eugene, in 1969, KPNW, Portland, 1970, back to KASH in 1972 and finally to Seattle and KVI in 1974. KMPS in late 1979, KSEA (KIRO’s fm beautiful music station) in 1983, simultaneously doing mid-days at KFRE (formerly KRKO), Everett, (as J.J. Casey). Then to KWYZ, Everett, from 1988 to 1991, while track announcing at Evergreen Speedway on the side. KEZX, Seattle, in 1991 and including the format transition to “smooth jazz” KWJZ until 1996 when new ownership came in and dumped everyone.
“I decided that was enough radio,” Allen said, “I partnered in VIP Studios, a Seattle audio-visual production company, and am still there, albeit now part time while caring for my wife who is a cancer survivor.”
Allen jumped into hosting the long-running “Loveline” program in a compassionate manner, always willing to match up all the lonely people, some who were bold and adventurous, but most who were subdued and nervous about such a public venue. A weekend version was begun by Tam Henry and the station sponsored several big Loveline Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance events. Allen calculates there were 350 KVI Loveline marriages. The program continued only a few months (under Clark Race) after Allen left. He eventually revived it at KMPS — who knew there were lonely country-music lovers as well? Another 200 marriages.
“Among my favorite memories,” Allen said, “– being interviewed by Victor Stredicke at the Seattle Times building on Fairview Avenue. Among my worst memories, the cup of coffee Stredicke bought for me from The Times’ automatic coffee vending machine.” Far and away, the worst he had ever consumed. A digression: did you ever notice that a coin operated coffee vender supplies milk, a liquid, as a powder, and sugar, a powder, as a liquid? (VOS2012) —Jack Allen died July 15, 2019 after a long illness.

Jack Barton (newsman) KING, KVI

Jack Eddy started at KIRO TV in 1965, before moving to KOMO as News Director/Evening News anchor in 1967 and in 1976, Jack Eddy joined Alice Blanchard & Bob Robertson for the 10 ‘o clock News on KSTW Channel 11.

Jack Frost – KING AM; Jonathan B Frost retired in 1998, moved to Freeport, TX [2005] and does voiceovers for a video and documentary company in Houston.

Jack Hemingway first worked in Ellensburg in 1945, then Port Angeles in 1946 and then KRKL, Kirkland, in 1948. Then two years at classical KISW, one year at rockin’ KRSC, and one more year as the station changed to country with the new name KAYO. Next he moved to another changing-format station KTIX (It became beautiful-music KETO in 1959) and then m.o.r. KING-AM. His longest run was five years at KFKF, Bellevue, and he concluded with a year at KIXI-AM, then KIXI-FM in 1968. He died in December, 1969.

Jack’s son, NW broadcast personality, J.J. Hemingway writes:

Got a little update on my dad’s bio. After 2 years at KISW, then he moved onto KRSC which became KAYO and they were middle of the road music until 1957, then they switched to Rock and Roll…Dad wasn’t a big fan of that, so he quit and for a short time in 1958 worked for Pacific Electronics.

Then 1959 he worked with Hugh LaRue at KTIX and that became KETO around 1961. For awhile is was called “The Album Sound Of Seattle,” they would feature cuts from the latest albums by Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Perry Como and the other MOR artists of the day. He did the morning news for Hugh LaRue(“Mr. Music”) and did the mid-day show starting at 9am. KTIX studios were originally on Capital Hill, and then moved to the New Washington Hotel.

Then in 1962 he worked at BOTH KING-AM and KIRO-TV(he at times got to throw water on J.P. Patches-as the unseen–except for the arm—weatherman.) I remember as a little guy seeing my dad broadcast live at the Seattle Center(now Key Arena) during the World’s Fair for the world to see.

Then in 1963, he took the position as mid-day host and engineer at KFKF in Bellevue—studios right there at Bellevue Square, and he remained there until sometime in 1968. Kemper Freeman Jr–a real estate genius, wasn’t so good at managing a radio station–many people came and went through those door the time he was GM. It was an exciting time KFKF got 92.5FM(KZAM) and for awhile ID’d the station at KFKF/Bellevue KZAM/Seattle. Eventually getting the city of license changed to Bellevue, and the AM moved from a daytime signal of 1330 to a full-time signal at 1540. At that time some great people worked there—Jay Ward, Dick Stokke, John Forrest, Bill O’Mara, Jerry Holzinger, Larry Nelson, and Tom Hood. A very good staff indeed.

Then after parting ways with KFKF, he turned down an offer from KOMO–a position that Larry Nelson snagged, and instead of KOMO dad moved onto engineering and 7-Midnight host on the simulcasted KIXI AM(910) and FM (95.7), he assisted Lee Hurley with projects and also handled engineering duties for KSND/1590 and KWYZ/1230 and he passed away from a heart attack December 13, 1969. I really wonder how my life would have been different had he taken the KOMO job vs. KIXI.

On a bad note–he met some German cleaning lady at KIXI and got involved with her and that ended my parents 25 years of marriage and he passed away 6 months after that event. I’ll never forget when my mom sat my brother Jon and I down to tell us that she and dad were divorcing–I was stunned. IF she had to do over again, she said she would have forgiven him and worked things out. But–hindsight is always 20/20. My mom Alice, who worked with dad at KRKL and KISW passed away in 1999.

James Lynch – KCPQ 13 News reporter; from Dallas, studied at Grambling University. Now, Communications and Public Relations Coordinator at Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jack McDonald Promotion director, KVI. Deceased

Jack Morton – Air personality at KMO, KVI, KOL, KRPM and KIXI. Died June 1, 2016.

J. Parker Antrum, you would think is a phoney air name, especially since he was on “oldies” KUUU 1590, with a 1975 staff that included “Summers” and “Loving.”
Apparently not, although there later turned out to be a California jock named Joel Parker Antrim (sp).
The spirited morning host was from Columbus, Ohio, and even after moving to “top-40” KYA, San Francisco, in 1976 he kept the name. Up comes an ownership shuffle between King Broadcasting and Golden West, and the station name was gone. Now it’s KOIT-AM. And in the process we lost track of J. Parker Antrum.(VOS2013)

Jack Spencer (news director) KIRO radio and TV, KVI, KAYO and KIXI. Passed away May 6, 2015.

Jack Tregellas KOMO- Air personality/read poetry on air CKMO Vancouver 1946-48

Jackson Dell Weaver –November 11, 2011– In Astoria, Oregon, a reversal of the typical AM station “music-to-sports” pattern, as Ohana Media Group declares “game over” at all-sports KKEE (1230). On Monday, it’s going classic country as “The Spirit of the West.” And after nearly 11 years, the station’s returning to its original call letters of KVAS. Ohana’s ops manager Kris Edwards says “we get calls all the time for songs we don’t play on The Eagle 103.9, like Johnny Cash, George Jones or Patsy Cline.” Ohana GM Jackson Dell Weaver has easy access to the KVAS calls, since he’s using them on “Eagle 103.9”, licensed to Ilwaco, Washington. The classic country station will include Fox News Radio, local news and weather, University of Oregon Ducks football, and – when there’s an NBA season again – the Portland Blazers.

James Young

Jamie Garner – DJ at KRAB FM

Jan Chorlton (Peterson) was born in Seattle, attended school in Bellevue, graduated from the University of Washington and a few years later began a decade-long career at KIRO-TV as a TV producer, field reporter and then noon anchor.
In 1985 she married Barry Petersen, a CBS News Correspondent, and they lived in San Francisco, Tokyo, Moscow, London, then back to Asia where they divided time between apartments in Tokyo and Beijing.
Jan maintained her career in journalism, freelance reporting for CBS News, CNN, Voice of America and ABC News. Her ability to work was diminished by Alzheimer’s Disease In 2008 she was placed in an assisted living facility in Bellevue and in 2009, Denver.
Her husband, plunged into the role of caretaker, wrote a book “Jan’s Story, Love Lost to a Long Goodbye” which later was developed into network-television documentary.
She died in 2013, age 63. (VOS2014)

Jamie Tompkins anchor/reporter at KCPQ. Previous same position at KOMO.

Jane Shannon (Weaver Grey) — KXXO, KIRO, afternoon news at KOMO AM; passed away 8/20/2015

Janet Wilson came to KMPS-FM, working the all night shift, after four years at San Francisco stations. In 1985, a week after leaving KMPS, Janet got a weekend shift at KJR
“My dream station,” she said. She soon began fulltime on the all-night shift, “following Pat O’Day.” “And I even filled in two mornings for Gary Lockwood when he was on vacation.”
KJR remains one her favorite stations. “It was an AC format with the emphasis on personality.”
She left KJR in 1987. Next she was able to add a bit of personality to the “singer-songwriter AC” KEZX. Next was “Magic 108” KMGI, where everyone was reduced to reading liner-notes (“Boring!”)
She worked at “K-106 Country” KYCW in 1990, offering morning and afternoon traffic reports (“A killer split-shift,” she recalled.)
In 1994 she was hired to do weekends at KJR-FM, but shortly after, a new PD came in and put her on-call.
“I think I may still be on-call,” Janet said, “and I am sure KJR will call me any day now.”
Janet dropped out of radio to work for the Eddie Bauer company for 3 years, but a chance meeting with Dave Wingert of KLSY led her to apply at the Bellevue station. She worked weekends in their AC format and soon was host of the weekend edition of “Lights Out,” a love-songs dedication program. She joined the Sandusky sister- station KIXI for weekends and utility fill-in a few months later and remained for six years, until May 2006 when the entire air staff was dismissed. Janet had resigned from KLSY to concentrate on her KIXI shows. She stayed on as a receptionist/administrative assistant for all five Sandusky stations.
She also applied to the Music of Your Life Network and was hired to do two weekend music shifts in 2007 — putting her back on KIXI, plus the 100 network affiliates across the country. Janet was welcomed back by many KIXI listeners. She received e-mails from all over the U.S. plus Canada and England which was “very cool !”
Janet resigned from the M.O.Y.L. Network to concentrate on her full-time Metro Traffic reporter position. She did traffic on many Seattle stations, ultimately was the featured evening traffic reporter for “news-talk” KIRO-FM. She remained with Metro through July 2010, when she was retired from radio sooner than she had planned.
Janet now runs Janet’s Pet Planet, a small pet-sitting business.
“I’m pretty sure I am the only pet sitter in the Puget Sound area who once received a dozen roses from Tony Bennett. (That came about when she mentioned to the singer that the San Francisco station she was at was the only one playing his new record. The next day the roses arrived!)
Janet misses being an entertainer and telling stories. She occasionally does open-mike stand-up routines at the Comedy Underground in Seattle. (JW2012)

Janette M Veer – Randi Thomas was a board operator at several stations, including oldies KXA, “new-wave” KYYX and “classy” KLSY, in Bellevue..But Randy also had an on-air shift in the early 1980s at country-music KJUN, Puyallup. She stepped in as the second replacement host of “Lights Out,” the lovesongs and dedications show begun by Delilah Rene. Randi continued the program through the early 1990s. Mike Barer remembers her as having a sense of humor and an undying devotion to her craft. Randi died in May of 2011.

Jason Hughes is the co-owner of Sonic Boom Records/Owner, Sonic Boom Recordings, Seattle

Jason Prater – The Roanoke Times/roanoke.com

Jason Rantz [Antebi] – weekend show host at KIRO FM.

Jay Coffee [KJR] was doing weekends at WJPD FM Marquette, MI, now doing voice-over work.

Jay Lawrence

Jay Mack – James MacIssac died March 2, 2002

Jay Michaels – 07/26/12 – Former Sandusky Seattle personality Jay Michaels, who assisted with the development and initial launch of MOViN KQMV-FM 92.5, has been named PD and afternoon host at Indianapolis market i94 WRWM-FM 93.9

Jay Nelson (John Nelson) has been working as a traffic reporter and heard on several Sea-Tac stations and also is a freelance voice-over actor.

Jay Phillips last worked at KWJZ and is now at Total Traffic Network/Metro Traffic

Jay Philpott migrated east from St. Louis variety hits “106.5 the Arch” WARH and earned a promotion at Times-Shamrock’s “100.7 the Bay” in Baltimore. That’s classic rock WZBA, where Jay did afternoons/APD. In March 2015, Philpott moved to Cumulus Classic Rock WNNX (ROCK 100.5)/Atlanta, as APD/afternoon drive. Jay previously worked in Milwaukee, Dallas, Minneapolis, Norfolk and Seattle.

Jay Thomas [KRIZ]

Jay-Ward-KOMO-Jay-GiesaJay Ward — real name: Jay Ward Giesa. Jay Ward [morning DJ at KOMO] left the air in Dec. 1968 to devote his time to his job as station manager and he was replace by Larry Walker. Walker left KOMO after he was fired by Ward in Dec. 1970. Walker’s replacement was Larry Nelson.
From Broadcasting Yearbook 1961 & 1963 Jay Ward, news director KFKF, Bellevue
From Broadcasting Yearbook 1965 Jay Ward, program director KOMO AM
From Broadcasting Magazine on June 24, 1968:
Jay Ward, program manager, KOMO Seattle, also named assistant station manager.
From Broadcasting Feb 19, 1973 Jay Ward had been named station manager by what he wrote:
EDITOR: To set the record straight, KOMO-(AM) [not KJR(AM)] is number one in total persons 12+, Monday through Sunday, 6 a m to midnight, in average quarter-hour listening estimates (both total and metro areas), cume listening estimates, and on and on. Furthermore, in Monday through Sunday metro shares, KOMO is number one with a 13.1 to KJR’S 8.7.-Jay Ward, station manager, KOMO-(AM) Seattle ..
From Broadcasting Magazine May 14, 1973:
Jay Ward, station manager, KOMO(AM) Seattle, elected VP.
From Broadcasting Magazine April 11, 1977:
Jay Ward, VP/station manager, KOMO(AM) Seattle, named to additional post of corporate VP of parent, Fisher’s Blend Station.
These were the last listing of Ward at KOMO in Broadcasting Magazine. He was listed at least until 1979 as above in the Broadcasting Yearbooks that could be found online. Jay W. Giesa died [approx 2011]

Jaye Albright is a partner in country radio specialist Albright & O’Malley, Seattle.

Jaynie Dillon is best remembered from “The Overnight Clubl” on KOMO-AM in 1982. The first female disk jockey in the station’s 60 year history. (Not counting cooks and homemakers.) In Spokane, as in the Tri-Cities, she was only allowed to use a first name.
“It wasn’t until the late ’70s in Seattle and Tacoma that I finally was allowed to use a first and last name. I decided to use my legal name, Prozora (my married name at the time) and the program director went ballistic. “It’s too ethnic!!!”
She picked up a stack of 45’s and randomly matched various last names of artists with her first name Jaynie.
“Jaynie Jo Royal sounded good,” she said, “so I used that — at least at that station. Many of my friends still affectionately call me ‘Jaynie Jo.’ ”
At “kowboy” KKBY-FM,Tacoma, she was companion to Ichabod Caine in morning drive, but added all manner of announcing, DJ-ing, news reading, reporting and public-affairs direction to her skills.
“Later a program director at a Seattle station wanted me to ‘sound more country’ so he named me Jaynie Dylan; then it occurred to him that “Dylan” might be associated with folk music, so he changed the spelling to Jaynie Dillon to have more of a connection to Matt Dillon in “Gunsmoke.”
“While working in Tacoma at KTAC-AM/KBRD-FM, I was Jaynie Dillon on the Top-40 AM station and Jane Robbins on the FM, a beautiful music station. (The mantra was, “As beautiful as a bird in flight. K-Bird. K-B-R-D.” …Robbins, bird, robin, get it?) (VOS2012)
Jaynie Dillon, at various stations during her career:
KCYS-FM “Three Rivers” [Richland, WA] 1967 – 1968 Jaynie
KTWD-FM “The Pacesetter” [Spokane, WA] 1968 – 1970 Jaynie
KTNT “Entertainment 14” [Tacoma, WA] 1976 – 1977 Jaynie Jo Royal
KNBQ-FM “Q-97 FM” [Tacoma, WA] 1976 – 1977 Jaynie Jo Royal
KAYO “Country Music Radio” [Seattle, WA] 1977 – 1979
Jaynie Dillon
KTAC Top 40 [Tacoma, WA] 1979 – 1981 Jaynie Dillon
KBRD-FM “Beautiful Bird” [Tacoma, WA] 1979 – 1981 Jane Robbins
KOMO “Station You Can Depend On” [Seattle, WA] 1981-1990 Jaynie Dillon
KKBY-FM “The Cowboy” [Tacoma, WA] 1997 – 1998 Jaynie Dillon
KLAY “News & Information” [Lakewood, WA] 1998 – 2006 Jaynie Dillon – commercial voice talent.

Jean-EnersonJean Enersen grew up in Seattle. After working as a lifeguard and swimming teacher, she left home to pursue what she called her “checkered academic career.” This included courses at the University of Washington, Swathmore in Pennsylvania, American University in Washington DC, and Pomona College in California. She worked in Washington DC offices of Senators Henry Jackson and Warren Magnuson. She wound up at Stanford, where she earned her master’s degree in political science and in film and completed course work for a PhD in political science. She then broke into television at KPIX San Francisco. She returned to Seattle in 1971 to work in the KING TV news room.

Jeff Bach [KSCR] – Jeff Bach Productions

Jeff Baird – KRFE Everett, KATS Yakima, KRPM, KUBE, KHIT all Seattle and then KZDG FM Denver, KBUL Reno and KBUQ FM Phoenix (1996) [programmed by Bob Case]

jeff-boeingJeff Boeing is coming to KOL, that was part of the news for KOL’s new afternoon announcer in 1968. See, it was part of the schtick that KOL loaded with Bobby Simon and Dick Curtis, already had a morning personality Gary Todd. Get it? Shipyards. Airplanes. “KOL has acquired Boeing.”
His name was Dick Haase (apparently pronounced with a long “a” ) which became Dick Hayes at his previous station,Toronto‘s CHUM .where he had been for three years. In New York City and Detroit he was known as Jack Hayes. (VOS2013)

Jeff Chase got out of radio not too long after the Gannett takeover of KHIT. Went into the sales side of things, had an ad agency and I believe he is now running his own insurance franchise & doing well. ***Note. This was posted on Radio Info Seattle board when someone asked whatever happened to Jeff Chase.

Jeff Conwell – works for Voices.com and is in Bothell, WA

Jeff French [KITZ]

Jeff Hanley – programs KZAM FM Pleasant Valley, TX KZAM – FM 98.7 – Pleasant Valley, TX

Jeff Heiman

Jeff McIntosh KRKO radio personality in the mid-1970s; later worked at KXA in the Pat O’Day OLD GOLD era.

Jeff Mitchell

Jeff Mosier [KKNW FM]

Jeff-ProbstJeff Probst was born Jeffrey Lee Probst in Wichita, Kansas., on Nov. 4, 1961. His family moved to Bellevue, Wash., near Seattle, when he was very young. The move was enough for Probst to call Seattle his hometown.
He attended Newport High School. Probst discovered his love for communications and filmmaking while attending Seattle Pacific University. One of his first jobs out of college was as a producer for Boeing’s marketing department. Probst produced corporate videos, where he served as both creator and talent, narrating many of his films.
At KIRO-TV he was the host of a weekly home-and-garden show.
And though he’s best known as host of the TV show “Survivor,” Probst has been host of a number of television programs. In 1994, host of “Backchat,” then “Sound IX.” In 1998, VH1’s “Rock and Roll Jeopardy.” That was followed by the NBC-TV special “Dave Barlia: Extreme Stuntman.” “Survivor” began in 2000,
He wrote wrote and directed an independent film about a man who discovers a wallet containing a lottery ticket worth $6 million. The film premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival where it won “Best Picture” and a “Best Director” award for Probst. Another of his projects, “Fish Out of Water,” remains in development. Familiar formula, but with the right amount of charm, Probst could make it look fresh and easy.
Probst was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” in 2001.
Probst is an Universal Life Church minister; he remarried his parents for their 35th wedding anniversary.
As a souvenir, Probst keeps the tool he uses to quench the flames when a contestant is voted “off the island” on “Survivor.”
In 2007, Probst founded The Serpentine Project, a non-profit that empowers youths with foster care histories.
In 2012 he had his own syndicated daytime talk show, “The Jeff Probst Show.”

Jeff Randall – is the owner of Jeff Randall, LLC, Auctioneer/Emcee at Stokes Auction Group

Jeff Renner [KING 5 Weather]

Jeff Salgo – was last reported to be the IT manager for KROQ in LA

Jeff West (Baird) [KUBE] Yep….that “was” me! I left KUBE in ’91….to KMLE in Phoenix as APD/MD, then transferred to Denver to begin my programming. Have made stops along the way in San Francisco, Tucson, SLC, Phoenix (again) and since 2004….Eugene, OR where I put BOB FM on the air and also program KMGE. Mixed in there was a 2 year run doing sales at Broadcast Programming in Seattle. Also voicetracked a 7-mid show into KJR-FM when I was programming in Tucson.

Jefferson Kaye [Roger Dale] – died of cancer March 2010

Jennifer Michaels

Jennifer Wood [KMPS] now works at KYMX FM Sacramento, CA

Jerry Burling – [Engineer, KING 5] now a contract engineer in Long Beach, Calif.
First Class Radiotelephone License (now obsolete)
Senior Broadcast Television Engineer, Society Of Broadcast Engineers.
Started in television at KEPR-TV, 1958, Pasco, Washington. Worked at KING-TV, March 1960 to April 1972 as master control engineer and cameraman. Two week stint at KJR, Seattle. KING-FM host, 1970 to 1972. Worked at NBC, Burbank, 1972 1989, video and audio editor. Freelance video and audio editor 1989 to present. Recently editor on Deal or No Deal game show.

Jerry Dexter – Jerry Dexter was personality-oriented KVI’s first morning man in 1959, for only a year. Even so, you’ve hear his voice no matter how old you are. After an early career in radio in Las Vegas, Seattle and Los Angeles, Dexter began acting in television shows (“Gomer Pyle” 1964) (“Dragnet” 1967) ventured into voice acting,.Jerry had many roles in TV cartoons, “Aquaman” “The Adventures of Gulliver” “Goober and the Ghostchasers” (1973), To say nothing of “Josie and the Pussycats” and big-screen “Tom and Jerry.” He lived in Hollywood until 1978. Last interviewed in Sonoma, CA, where he had a TV-distribution business.

Went to work for Hanna Barberra as a voice actor. He now lives in San Francisco

Jerry Dimmitt – Talk-jock. KMCM, KLIQ AM/FM, KKEY, KAYO, KYXI, KAYO, KTNT, KPMA, KMO, KAAR, KKEY, KXL, KKEY PD, KVAN-1550, KXYQ retired and does a video blog on U Tube called “The Dimmitt Show” k6tpl’s Channel – YouTube

Jerry Hart – worked at KUBE and now has “gone green” see hartofgreen.com

Jerry Kay (last name was King) – Air personality at KOL, KJR, KSPL, KPLZ, KYYX, WLS, WCFL. Passed away in 2005, Seaside, Or.

Jerry Mason is reported to have retired in 1994 and is living on Camano Island

Jerry Sweet

Jerry Van Dyke [KITZ]

Jesse Brandon

Jessica Gottesman [Ettinger] – In 2008 Ettinger moved to Seattle and joined 710 KIRO-AM, and Newstalk 97.3 KIRO-FM as a news anchor and talk host where she used the name Jessica Gottesman, [10] and worked with Dori Monson, Dave Ross, and the Ron & Don Show. She was also heard on The Bob Rivers Show, on KZOK-FM. A 2012 return to New York City brought her back to CBS and Anchor work at 1010 WINS, as well as the host of the 1010 WINS “Open For Business” reports; a post-Hurricane Sandy series.

Jesse Jones, longtime consumer reporter for KING 5, now at KIRO 7 [5pm evening newscast]

Jessica West – KXXO

Jill Kenly – works for Habitat For Humanity/Tacoma

Jill Taylor on the air @ KPLZ

Jim Arnold on the air @ KKZX/Spokane

Jim Babcock [KZAM]

Jim Bach – worked for KING AM and still does voice work in Bellevue

Jim Bee [KZAM]

Jim Bennett

Jim Blossey air personality at KVI, is retired from radio and lives in Edmonds

Jim Brady

Jim Breedlove – [KSND]

Jim Dever KING 5 News reporter and host of Evening Magazine.

Jim French – air personality at KING and KIRO, operated Jim French Productions. Deceased.

Jim Hammer KOL, KMCS, founder of “Penguin Records” – deceased

Jim Hewitt [Robin Sherwood] Air personality. KRKO, KGY, KQIN, KOL. Retired, residing in Palm Desert, California

Jim Johnston – the other half of the KING – AM morning team, Adkins & Johnston. (1970)

Jim Keller – does copywriting out of his home in the Seattle area.

Jim Kelly [KING AM]

Jim LaMarca – now runs LaMarca Strategies in the Greater San Diego area

Jim Martin “Big Jim” [McMartin] – Air personality and newsman, KOL, KJR, KING and KIXI. Deceased.

Jim McGavick

Jim Nicholls – deceased

Jim Norwood [KZAM]

Jim Reed – KMCS, KBBX, KWYZ, KLSN, KETO, KOMO, KIRO – deceased

Jim Severn – moved to Hollywood

Jim Stevens – KZAM et al Chief Engineer/Director of Engineering 1975 – 1998

Jim Trapp – JACK FM/Seattle

Jim Willis KIXI announcer.

Jimmy Rabbitt [KJR] became Roger W. Morgan at KOIL/Omaha in the ’60s

Joe “Downtown Joe” Bryant – is on 95.7 KJR with Bob Rivers


Joe Coburn (2019 status): I started by answering phones for Burl Barer and Bill Ford at KOL in 70.  On weekends I’d pick music with Big Al Helseth and Dennis on KOL FM.  O’Day hired Lee Michaels to PD at KISW and hired me as KISW’s first full-time employee.  We changed from classical to free-form rock.  Pat fired Any Ebona, Roy Kioshee, and Ron Lundberg and we installed a new IGM machine to get the station going.  The first year it was just Lee and I.  Steve Slaton came on in 72.  I was Program Director of the Heidelberg Jazz Show (I inherited it from Spencer Haywood) and made it the #1 Jazz show in the ten Western United States.

I left KISW to become the general ticket sales manager for The Paramount Theaters in Seattle and Portland and the Warnors in Fresno.  I did that for a couple of years and worked as Creative Director for May/Partners until taking over as Production Manager for KZOK/KUUU (later KZOK AM). From KZOK I moved to evenings at KOMO and stayed for 11 years.

In ’91 I moved to Los Angeles to train and later teach at Playhouse West, one of the largest, most highly recommended Acting Schools in the motion picture business.  I worked and trained with Jeff Goldblum, Ashley Judd, James Franco, and a great many more.  I was a senior instructor there until 2001.  From 94 to 98 I was also on KTWV TheWAVE, in Los Angeles, the flagship Smooth Jazz station in the country.  We were the #1, English-speaking music station in LA and for two years, always in the top 3 or 5, total persons, 6AM to Mid, Mon-Sun.

I did voice over for 24 years, including animation and motion pictures.  I was in seven movies (according to my IMDB page).

In 2016, I moved to the Philippines to feed malnourished pre-schoolers.


Joe Cooper/Joey Cooper Giannunzio is retired from radio but he still dabbles in home building

Joe Dawson said in 2005 that he is now in the sports marketing business in Atlanta, GA

Joe Fryer worked as a KING TV news reporter, 2010-2013, then went to NBC TV news Burbank.

Joe Jones [KZAM]

Joe Michaels [Coby McCloud]

Joe Norris worked at several Puget Sound radio stations in the 1980’s and 90’s, including 1981-KMAS; 1981-82, 1990-95- KRKO; 1983-84-KJUN; 1984-85,1987- KVI; 1985-87-KIXI-FM (as Joe Thomas)
Also worked at KTIX in Pendleton, Oregon from 1982-83.

Joe Salvatore moved from KREN/Renton to KQIN/BurienJoe Sargent — DJ at KAYO in 1982.Joel Block was a former flying KIRO AM traffic reporter

Joel Martin [KING} went on to KGW

John Bates – was last heard on WYCL/Pensacola FL parttimeJohn Curley – [KING 5 TV evening magazine host] Now talk show host on KIRO FM

John Dayle [KTW talk host]John Erickson works at K-103/Portland Or

John Fisher – on the air @ the Mountain 103.7/Seattle

John Frost was last reported to be a broadcast consultant working out of Palm Beach, FL.

John Hinterberger – The Seattle Times Food critic is now retired

John Hopperstad comes to Q13 TV News from WGME 13 Maine

John Jarstad, KTVW TV 13 newsman in the 1960s. A former sports announcer, newspaper and broadcast journalist, and Tacoma city councilman and deputy mayor, died at age 78 in March 1999. Mr. Jarstad was born and raised in Bremerton, and after graduating from Washington State University he returned to his hometown, where he was sports editor of the Bremerton Sun and the radio voice of the Bremerton Bluejackets, a minor-league baseball team, in the late 1940s. He later broadcast live baseball on television for the Pacific Coast League’s Seattle Rainiers, and hosted an outdoors show on KOMO-TV for 13 years in the 1950s and ’60s.

John Komen, TV news anchor-reporter for KOMO 4 in Seattle and ABC network. Komen was also editor at the Tacoma News Tribune.John Lawso

John Lisle [KISW] @ KISS FM/San Antonio

John Mangan – GM/PD of KVTI was cut loose during the switch to Northwest Public Radio’s takeover of the Clover Park station

John Maynard – That other half of Robin & Maynard that worked mornings at KZOK and KISW. Now works at KPLU FM.

John Morrow – KING 1090 DJ

John Murphy – Emmett Allen Jones III produces and directs TV specials and DVD documentary features

John Napier – last worked at KZOK in 1998

John Nixon – on the air @ Movin’ 92.5/Production Director

John PorterfieldJohn Posey – National Sales Manager for Lamiglas

John Ross – John R. Prukop left radio in April 1989, became a commercial airline pilot and retired in 1991

John Sebastian – Now in Phoenix, AZ and starting new consulting group called “Sebastian Secret Sauce”

John Thomas

John Trimble – BigJohnTrimble.com Big John Trimble’s East Coast Opry

John Tucker from KOAQ Denver became PD of KMO Tacoma in 1979.

John Welch DJ at KTAC

John Williams – on the air @ Oldies 106.7/Portland

Johnny Carver — Air personality at KVI (The Carver Clan) and KOMO.

Johnny Clark KRPM dj.Johnny Dakota [KKMO]

Johnny Forrest – Newsman at KIRO, KOL, KFKF, KNX, KFI – deceased – John R. Forrest, known as Johnny (born in 1908, died in 1971), was a multi-talented Northwest celebrity. He was an announcer/newscaster, disc jockey and program director of Seattle’s KOL radio for over three decades and a producer of a free-lance newscast on KIRO. Among his many achievements are his Suspense Theater plays, “Mission Completed” (starring James Stewart) and “Daisy Chain.” A songwriter, he composed “Blue Tears” (sung by Lola Sugia) and “Weathervane” (Lola Sugia), recorded and engineered at Joe Boles Recording Studio in Seattle and released on the Golden Crest Record Label. He composed many popular Northwest radio jingles, including a long airing, catchy tune (with Lola Sugia’s vocals) for “G.O. Guy Drugs,” and a musical, produced by the University of Washington, called, “Johnny Appleseed.”
John was also a writer-performer for Lux Radio Theater and Creeps By Night, in Hollywood (between 1939 and 1945), and was known in Seattle as sportscaster for radio KOL’s broadcast of the Seattle Seafair Hydroplane Races (broadcast from Bob Gilliam’s boat, the “KOLroy”) during late 50’s and early 60’s. Johnny’s final radio gig was as morning news anchor on KFKF / Bellevue, from 1968 to 1970. (Johnny’s daughter Maia Santell)

Johnny Hayden — Early air personality at KAGT (Anacortes).

Johnny Knight

Jon Ballard – (LINKED_IN bio) A passionate, dedicated, and creative citizen in the world of radio, I’ve been fortunate to work at some legendary stations, including KISW / Seattle, KZZP / Phoenix, and DC 101 / Washington.
I’ve worked alongside, and picked the brain of, many of the greats in broadcasting, giving me a unique perspective of both the radio industry, and the world around us. I’ve been part of award-winning teams, cutting-edge promotions, and trend-setting developments . . . And I’ve loved every minute of it. I hope to continue to learn, and evolve, as radio continues to change, and grow into something bigger than Marconi (or Tesla, if you prefer) could have ever imagined, while at it’s core, it remains the most effective, immediate, intimate way to communicate. Specialties: Brand Management, Talent Coaching, Promotional and Marketing Strategy, Audio Production, Copy Writing, Comedy Writing, Music Scheduling, On-Air and Online Content Creation and Delivery, and, being from Seattle, I make a pretty good cup of coffee. Awards:
2001 A.I.R Award – “Best Afternoon Show: Washington, D.C.
2016 Nominee – Radio Contraband Medium Market Rock PD of the Year
2017 Nominee – Kilpop Radio Awards Medium Market Rock PD of the Year
THIS JUST IN: I’ve been “Sainted” by the Universal Life Church. So, I’ve got that going for me . . . which is nice.

Jon Jensen – last at KWHT/KTEL Walla Walla, now “on the beach” as of April 2011

Jon Kertzer – has moved to Edmonton, AB to direct the folkwaysAlive! Project

John Spring left KING AM to become John Pricer @ KIRO AM

Joni Balter – on the Seattle Times Editorial BoardJordin Silver – Now at KYSR Los Angeles

Joyce Taylor KING 5 News

Jude Noland works at NewsData, Inc. Seattle as a Senior Contributing EditorJustin Case

Jerry GeehanJerry Geehan is remembered as the dean of sports broadcasters in the Pierce County area. He attended the College of Puget Sound for two years and began his broadcast career at Tacoma’s KVI in 1932.
In 1937 he became the first broadcaster for the Tacoma Tigers of the Western International League. In 1938 he joined KMO, probably Tacoma’s first play-by-play broadcaster, handing WIL baseball and PLC and CPS games. He also had a daily radio sportscast.
Geehan became KMO’s sales manager in 1943, and two years later became general manager. In 1953 he was general manager of Channel 13 TV. He was owner and general manager of KTAC Radio from 1952 to 1969. He also served as the chairman of the board of the Washington State Association of Broadcasters.
Geehan was married for 62 years. He died in 2001, age
88. (CHBCenter, 2014)

Jerry Hill [KNBQ] Steve Randall says: Jerry and I worked at KZOK in 1979 and I got him over to the Q in early 80. Jerry was one of us. He had the idea of the opera singer of the Crazy Steve open and many others ideas we used. I am so proud of Jer. I remember this day I taught him how to abuse trade outs we had with advertisers. Bought him his first expensive Scotch Malt. Jerry’s production and imaging were right up there with anyone and this was all analog no ProTools or Sound Forge. Jer was an artist with a razor blade and a grease pencil. Jer had a great ear and he constantly gave me critiques of my show whether I wanted them or not. A true pro,a gifted musician and a wacko you couldn’t help but love. Jerry has been West / Central Broadcast Support Supervisor at the The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Washington State U university, Richland, Washington for a number of years and doing very well – doing what ever he does which is all very technical he says.

Jerry Holzinger was introduced as KOL’s morning personality when Goodson-Todman purchased the station in 1962. Game show owners restaffed the station with personality, upgrading from “standard and popular,” (a less specific description than radio now uses) to something close to top-40.. Holzinger pushed the limit on talk. He was transferred to the allnighter where his semi-talk format was more tolerated. In 1957 he was at KTIX, a pop-standards station at 1590 on the dial. In 1965 he was midmorning personality at KFKF, Bellevue. In 1969 he was at KOOD, “the Golden Sound” as it changed from KFHA “farm and home,” 1480 AM. Then he tried a one-hour talk show on KTW when it still was filled with religious programs. Sometime later he had a one-hour talk show on KTVW-TV — more like a single-camera version of his radio show.,
The fast-talking pipesmoker, full name Allen Jerry Holzinger, had an educated background — political science, journalism, and pharmacy, not all from college; lots of night school lectures. Before radio hung around KLSN, (the original FM station at 96.5). He pushed for more jazz. He served in WWII and Korea. He held an Actors Equity card from his appearances at Gene Keene’s Cirque Theater, in the Broadway district. He died in 1980.

headshotjerryhowarthJerry Howarth’s time in the South Puget Sound region was short but vital to a sportscasting career that made him a tenured radio voice for Major League Baseball.
Howarth began his broadcast career in 1974 with The Tacoma Twins of the Pacific Coast League on KTNT. He added University of Puget Sound baseball and football. Howarth moved to Salt Lake City to take on play-by-play for the Pacific Coast League’s Gulls in 1976. He followed that with a double-duty stint, assistant general manager and play-by-play broadcaster for the Salt Lake City Prospectors in the Western Basketball Association. That led to the Utah Jazz.That led to the Utah Jazz and eventually a full time position with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1982. Howarth has done play-by-play for the Toronto Blue Jays for more than 30 years.
Howarth’s signature home run call, “Up! Up! Up! And there (s)he goes!” (CHBCenter, 2014)

Jerry Miller was host and announcer of several brokered programs on Seattle radio stations. The newspaper salesman and advertising-agency executive, started with a Mondays-only three minute commercial purchase on KVI, where some of his time was touting the talents of Jerauld Douglas Miller, the other offering thoughts on political issues. He was active in civic issues an state Republican politics. He started a magazine and a radio program “Straight Talk” about addiction and recovery, and later with volunteer help produced “Republican Radio” an unafilliated program which bounced around on several radio stations including KKOL and KKMO.
After a six-year meyeloma battle, he died in 2011, age 78.

Jim Althoff – Jim Althoff started as a jazz host in San Francisco, developed afternoon talk radio in Portland and Seattle, with KING-AM in 1970. Altoff’s brand of talk was conversational, seldom confrontational. A weekly feature was “ask anything.” Althoff, off-mic staffers and a raft of personal knowlege and reference books would give instant answers to questions as diverse as how tall was Randolph Scott to why are editions of the Sunday newspaper called Bulldog? After KING, Althoff moved to the Mineappolis area, with time as a classical-music announcer. Althoff has been a writer and a substitute teacher. In 2011 in was a volunteer host at a St. Lous public radio affiliate. Married to Andee Beck, a writer who sometimes co-hosted his radio shows, they had two sons. (VOS2012)

Jim-ComptonJim Compton made a name for himself at TV stations in Portland and Seattle — and more. He was most familiar for the ten-year run of “The Compton Report” on KING-TV beginning in 1985.
Born in Klamath Falls, he earned a degree in history at Reed College and a master’s degree at Columbia University School of Journalism. In 1969 he was a Fulbright Scholar.
He first worked at an Italian newspaper, there learning Italian and Romanian. After KING-TV he became foreign correspondent for NBC again.in Cairo and London, learning Arabic to extend his ability to cover world hotspots.
Compton was a TV newsman and producer of 40 TV documentaries..
He was elected to the City Council in Seattle in 1999. He left the Council in 2005,
In recent years he completed a manuscript for a book to be published on the 1873 Madoc Indian war — along the Oregon-California border.
He died of a heart attack in 2014, age 72. (VOS2014)

Jim Dai moved to Seattle to help start The FM KVI in the mid 1970s. His first job was at KSEM, Moses Lake.
“Next, I worked at KIXI-Light when Wally Nelskog owned it,” Dai said. Later Dai did a morning shift for KSEA, then-sister-station to KIRO-AM. That was followed by an afternoon show at KJR while it was owned by Ackerly.
“It was an honor to work with Jerry Kay and Gary Lockwood,” Dai said.
“I spent the remaining time in Seattle working for Sandusky Radio, first as the morning host on KIXI then the morning show on KWJZ. The best time I ever had in Seattle radio was working at KIXI with Jim Kampman and Bonnie Brown. Tons of fun and great response from the listeners.”
In 2012 Dai hosted a cruise to the Caribbean “and 80 people signed on who were listeners to KIXI’s “Jim and Jim Show”. We hadn’t been on KIXI for over 6 years!”
“After ‘smooth jazz’ was dumped at KWJZ, I no longer had a passion for radio.”
Dai moved to Lake Chelan. But he relented when the Chelan station, KOZI, offered him a position as program director.
“It’s all community radio,” Dai said, “and no corporate bull.”
Jim Dai blogs on www.winedripbib.com (VOS2012)

Jim Gearhart made almost no impression as the 1973 morning personality on KIRO-AM-FM. Blame it entirely on KIRO’s Bonneville management, because he was close to a legend at WPOP, Hartford, before and a legend in WXKW, Trenton, NJ, after Seattle. (Here’s the scoop: After six months on air, Gearhart was called in “for a meeting.” The station, management said, had $200,000 budgeted to promote his morning music-radio show. All Gearhart had to do was become tops in the market and the promotional dollars would follow. Without spending a dime to actually promote radio; the station instead spent its money on bus signs for station manager Lloyd Cooney’s editorial comments on TV. Not a very encouraging prospect.)
Gearhart also worked at WCBS, New York, WNEW and WNBC in New York. He started at Roanoke VA, radio station.
In 1990 he settled down on the news-talk Trenton station, Gearhart became a force for education and reform in state politics. In 2011, as he approached his 21st year on “New Jersey 105.1” the owners, Millennium Radio, named their radio studio and office building the Jim Gearhart Broadcast Center. He retired from radio after suffering an injury in 2015, from which he did not completely recover. (VOS2013)

Jim Harriott, born William James Harriott, began his broadcasting career in Florida, and New York. He was onene of the WMCA Good Guy. [Thanks to Robin Mitchell for the tip!] Went on to do news atnews at WNBC. Prior to arriving in Seattle, he worked as a national and international reporter for ABC News and Voice of America. Harriott joined KOMO TV 4 and later KING 5 News [in 1971]. Harriott left KING Newservice on May 23, 1975. In December of that year, he joined new public television station KCPQ 13, Tacoma, as director of public affairs programming. By July 12, 1976, Harriott was back in Seattle, this time at KIRO 7 News. On September 6 1977, Harriott became Executive News Director at KOMO 4. He celebrated a 25 year broadcasting career in January 1978.He spent 13 years in Seattle as a local newscaster.
In the late 1980s he left Seattle for station WJLA in Washington D.C., where he became the evening news anchor. Following a successful career in television he served as the radio host of “Prime Time Focus,” a nationally syndicated program sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). He joined the program in 1993, serving as national host until his death in 2007 from stroke-related complications.

Jim Hartt was noon-to-6 p.m. announcer on jazz-formatted KBVU 1540, Bellevue, in 1961.
Hartt was a relaxed announcer and relied on a number of folksy phrases to introduce the established musical artists, such as “..the Chairman of the Board…” the Velvet Fog himself…”
He stayed with the station through its 1964 absorption into KBES-AM. Full name, James Kuenhausen. (VOS2013)

Jim Kampmann [KISW…KLSY…KIXI…KQMV] Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1950. Radio start as Veteran’s Hospital closed-circuit station volunteer in Walla Walla, Washington, 1968. First commercial radio in 1970 at KKGF-Great Falls, Montana before a six-year run in Spokane with stints at KREM, KXLY, KJRB. On several different Seattle radio stations since 1976 including KISW for 17 years. Local, national and international voice work for Boeing, Microsoft, AT&T, McDonalds, Outside Magazine. Recipient of numerous journalism and advertising awards. Full-time instructor in Broadcast Journalism at Green River Community College. 1999. Married Ann, 1989. Died in March 2015

Jim-MooreJim Moore has co-hosted “The Kevin Calabro Show” since 2009. He also co-hosts “The Northwest Golf Show” with Shon Crew and writes weekly columns for 710Sports.com and for the Kitsap Sun. Jim spent 26 years as a reporter and columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Jim Sims – was at KJR in Oct. 1965 and in Feb. 1968 he was the PD at KGA Spokane By 1969, he was the PD at KSPO, Spokane. Then the trail goes cold.

Jim Wilke – Retired from Jazz After Hours after 30 years and more than 3100 original shows. (1984-2014) The national award-winning program continues under Jeff Hanley. Jim is still producing “Jazz Northwest” for KPLU which includes many live, location recordings from clubs, concerts and festivals. His production company is Hatchcover Productions www.hatchcover.co

Jim Williams said in 2003 ” I drifted out of radio and into computer network technology. Dammit, then the tech crash hit! I should have stayed in radio,”

Jimmy Anderson – worked for Real Networks in Seattle as the Security Operations Manager;
“I actually retired from RealNetworks a few years ago, and now live in Kirkland, WA.
Very cool website!
Thanks -Jimmy”

Jimmy Darren the all-night disk jockey on KJR in 1962, was not the singer James Darren, even if it was meant to sound the same. Eventually the name was spelled Darin, but with his real name, James Hilliard was just as ambitious.
Pat O’Day once supplied some background on Hilliard’s early career: “He was from Texas. He had been hired to take over programming of a station in Bellingham that was about to go on air. Puff! It was just smoke and mirrors.”
“He was here with his wife but had left everything behind in Texas. He was somewhat desperate.
“KJR had room for an all-night man. He wanted a new air name, so we quickly agreed on Jimmy Darren. He was funny on the air, great pace, great feeling, simply great is the word.
“Next we sent him to Spokane (sister-station KNEW, eventually KJRB) as morning drive jock and program director.”
Hilliard left Spokane for jobs at stations in Calgary, Winnipeg, Philadelphia, then Indianapolis.
At Fairbanks Communications he acquired several Florida radio stations for the company. He became a full-time Florida resident and formed James Crystal Radio Group, eventually purchasing four stations from Fairbanks.
By 2002, Hilliard had concentrated on building a group of South Florida AM stations. The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida auctioned off James Crystal Radio’s four stations on Monday, March 2, 2015. End of the James Crystal empire.

Kimmel Jimmy Kimmel had a 10-month experience in Seattle at top-40 KZOK-FM in 1989. Kimmel was teamed with Kent Voss, a colorful talk-host-turned-newsman, in a morning show “The Me and Him Show.” This was Kimmel’s first real-pay job; previously he had been submitting funny bits to Los Angeles radio personalities. There was never an explanation for the team’s short stay at KZOK, but their parody song about the general manager of the Seattle Mariners didn’t help. Kimmel was unemployed for almost a year before signing-on as a solo morning personality at KCMG-FM, Palm Springs. Later, Kimmel had a five-year run as Jimmy the Sports Guy on KROQ, Los Angeles, and rejoined Voss in Chicago as a sports announcer.. Then Kimmel went to TV, hosting “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” co-creating “The Man Show” with Adam Carolla and in 2003 he began hosting ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” (Voss eventually joined up with Kimmel as a Las Angeles writer and TV producer before returning to Chicago radio.)

Joanna Robertson, wife of veteran Northwest sportscaster Bob Robertson. Joanne and Bob married in 1951, shortly after graduating from Lincoln High School in Tacoma. She raised four children — Hugh, Janna, John and Rebecca — worked as a business woman, was secretary at KTAC Radio for a period in the late 1980s, sang in the University of Puget Sound’s Tacoma Civic Choir and danced in Ballet Tacoma. She passed away on Bob’s 82nd birthday in 2010.

Joe Fiala His career took him from Spokane to Seattle to San Diego, back to Seattle, then to Denver, Colo., Phoenix, Ariz., back to San Diego, and finally back to Seattle. He now is retired and living at Chelan, WA

Joe Lyons was a nighttime talker at KVI in 1982, But the KVI format changed back to music. So, off he went to KMO, 1360 Tacoma. “Guest interviews were not that easy to schedule in Tacoma, so the format was all caller-driven.” Less than a year, he moved to the Riverside, CA. area and bounced around at several stations and appeared on a couple of TV and cable interview programs..
For the past 15 years he has been at KSPA, Ontario, CA. where the format is business and finance news. He is regional sales manager and co-hosts a Sunday morning financial talk show. He has his own one-man production agency.
Previously Lyons had worked at KXLY, Spokane.

Joe [Fleischauer] Michaels – is on Spirit 105.3 midnight-4am and does other voice-overs; was aka Coby McCloud at KJR in the late 70’s.

Joey Randall co-hosted a morning show with Mark Christopher on KIXI-FM in 1983, Birth name Joyce Elaine Sylvia, she married Harris Mithoug in Spokane. She had a daughter and a son. She worked at stations in Oklahoma and Spokane, and at KDRK, Boise. She died December 2011 in Portland. Age 57.

John Burgess KTNT, KIRO -Station Manager KNWZ Newsradio 1989 – 1990 (1 year) Palm Springs, CA; News/Program Director KSRO 1986 – 1988 (2 years) Santa Rosa, CA; Editor, Reporter, Managing Editor KING Radio 1981 – 1985 (4 years) Seattle, WA; Newsroom Assistant KIRO Radio / Bonneville Broadcast Media industry 1980 – 1981 (1 year) Seattle, WA; News Director KTNT Radio 1979 – 1980 (1 year) Tacoma, WA; Anchor/Reporter KSRO Radio 1976 – 1979 (3 years) Santa Rosa, CA;

John Chambless [KOL] was a UW professor in addition to his night time radio job, He organized Sky River in 1968 and on loan from the Seattle Parks Department produced Bumbershoot in the middle 70’s.

John Carlson is synonymous with Washington State Politics. He is heard weekday mornings on talk radio KVI, 570 kHz.
This isn’t a first. He at the KVI microphone in 1993 and has informed and entertained KVI faithful on and off for nearly 2 decades.
John also did commentary on newsradio KOMO and before radio was a commentator on KIRO-TV for seven years, occasionally on KCTS-TV and he has written a newspaper column.
John graduated in 1981 in the Political Science Honors Program at the University of Washington.
John has led three successful statewide initiatives, including America’s first “Three Strikes, You’re Out” ballot measure in the early ’90s. John worked briefly in the Reagan Administration in the early ‘80’s before serving as Communications Director for the Washington State Republican Party.
In the ’80s and ’90s, John founded and led a political think tank, The Washington Policy Center, (KVI2014)

John Evans he is now with KCBS, San Francisco — This is from his LinkedIn bio: KISW Seattle April 1978 – June 1979 : I worked for Program Director Beau Phillips. I did weekday morning news on the Terry MacDonald show and hosted a current events talk show from 6-8am called “Saturday Morning Live.” We had a magic staff in those days including Gary Crow, Steve Slaton, Gary Bryan and a newsman we hired from the local R&B station KYAC. His name is Mike West. Mike became our afternoon news guy. He would eventually become teamed up with new morning man John Langan (Langan and West) and later Gary Crow (Crow and West). Under Beau’s leadership, KISW would begin a whole new era heavy on talent, personality and promotion. He was an excellent coach and a strong motivator. My work caught the attention of a talent scout from CBS in Los Angeles.

John Langan was part of Those Dudes, the “Langan and West” morning team at KISW in 1978. In 1983 Langan and partner Mike West moved to KMET, Los Angeles, but did not stay long — In four months they were back in Seattle, this time at KZOK
Langan started in radio in 1954 in Winslow, AZ, moved to stations in San Diego, Houston, Jacksonville, and Los Angles before coming to Seattle.
After KZOK, Langan move to KZZU, Spokane, then to Kansas city, and back to Spokane, this time to KKZX.
He uses the name C. Foster Kane as co-host of “The RadioMen” morning show with Jim Arnold on “classic rock” KKZX, and, under the name Toby Hitller, is apparently the dictatorial station manager.

John Andrew Lyman lost his job at KLAY before he even got it. Fresh from Ron Bailie’s Broadcast School in 1970s. John first got a job at top-40 KNWR-FM, Bellingham along with some fast food restaurants. “The radio job was nothing you could make a living off of,” he said.
“I got a call that a station in Juneau was having a hard time finding “just the right person.” I learned later that mean no one wants the job. I went up to tiny KINY-AM and KINY-TV, Juneau.
The TV station-was an NBC affiliate — operated from 3 p.m. to the end of Johnny Carson..(NBC programs would arrive by mail — big Beta cartridges from KING-TV, Seattle.)
“Eventually I spent days working with the TV anchor putting news packages together and did news for the radio side, too. In broadcasting school I had sworn I would never be “a news guy,”
Through her political work, my mom knew Clay Huntington at KLAY-FM, Tacoma. I spoke with him two or three times and eventually he said he had a job if I wanted it. I got on a plane as soon as I could, but the position was filled. I ended up in construction — eventually owning a small contracting company. My broadcast career taught me a lot about work and life, so there was no loss. And I made a heck of a lot more building cement walls. And that’s no joke!” (JAL2012)

John Marler KIRO 7 News; moved to WABC New York, later WAGA Atlanta; WHDH Boston [most recent]

John-Nelson-KZOK John Nelson has stayed in step with the broadcast industry locally, as well as freelance voicework, since his start at Green River Community College’s KGRG FM in 1980. Deleted from the KISW lineup [we have run out of words for “laid-off”] KZOK, Nelson has been fill-in news anchor/traffic reporter at 1090 KPTK, DJ at KMPS, [2008], traffic reporter with Metro Networks, airborne traffic reporter on King 5 News, morning news anchor on AM 880 KIXI and AM 1300 KKOL – and he counts KKWF, KMTT, KEZX, KJRB, KDRK, and KTAC among the other stations he has worked. Since he left KZOK in April 2015, John has been working at Total Traffic again.

John Pricer (from Wikipedia “John Pricer was the recorded voice … “From Vancouver to Vancouver, this is the all northwest sound of stereo 105, KBIQ in Edmonds.” He also worked at KIRO.

John Rody was last on KZEW. Media czar John Rody wears many hats during his ventures across airwaves and the web. His voice is recognizable from years spent on KZEW, a station considered by many to be the greatest rock radio station to ever come out of Texas. More recently you can catch him lording over the Internet by way of Downtown Fort Worth on Mambo’s WebCast

RygrenJohn Rydgren never had a radio job in Seattle even though he grew up here. He created a national syndicated radio program occasionally heard on Puget Sound radio stations. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University he became an ordained Lutheran minister. In 1958 in a Minneapolis basement he created “Silhouettes,” a rock-music program for religion-based radio stations. He worked at KRLA and KRTH, Los Angeles, several times between 1972 and 1988. “Brother John” had a unique place in Southern California radio as an expert at using rock music to convey a religious message. He headed the TV and film department of the American Lutheran Church, and was the voice of an ABC Network album-oriented program service “Love Format” in 1968. Shortly after a stroke, he died of a heart attack in 1988. He was 56.

John Stone – Here is what Pat O’Day said about John Stone was hired by Chris Lane who was PD [KJR] in 1959 (for about 60 days) and then replaced him in the PD slot also doing afternoon drive. Yes, he hired me and Dick Curtis. Me from KAYO and Dick from KBRO Bremerton.

Stone got himself fired over a few things, namely asking talent to come to Seattle at no charge to play at a Concert he put on. John had come from WTIX New Orleans where I guess the rules were different. This is likely what made him think he could record his own band, “John Stone and The Adventures,” make it the pick of the week, and move it up the charts, unsupported by sales or requests. (Hiring John and his band for my dances was also required of me.)

Anyway, Johns dismissal in late 1960 brought in Bill Stewart of midwest radio fame as the new PD. He instantly clashed with GM Galen Blackford, leading to his firing and Lee Perkins took the PD chair for a period of time. I’m forever grateful to Bill Stewart as it was he who awarded me the afternoon drive slot that I occupied for eight years until becoming KJR GM.

Did Stone require I share my Spanish Castle revenues with him as a token of appreciation for his hiring me? YES. Again, probably different rules in New Orleans. 🙂

All of these happenings at KJR slowly led us to a formula that prevailed. Once named PD I guiltlessly copied Chuck Blores formula at KFWB Los Angeles. Personality plus, powerful cutting edge news, great promotions, total total local involvement, break new hits, and have fun fun fun! Oh, equally important, it had to be the same 24 hours a day.

Sadly, todays button down minded PD’s fail to understand these are radios basics. AM remembers this, leading to it’s resurgence, albeit with talk programming!

Thanks for reading this. Our industries history is a treasure that needs to be preserved. Like it’s been said, “It’s hard to know where your going if you don’t know where you’ve been or how you got there.”
Pat O’Day

Johnny Novak [Jack Boulton] Came from KGA, Spokane in 1969 and was at KVI in Feb. 1970 and was fired as PD in Dec. 1972. He showed up as PD and a radio personality at KOL less than a month later. He was at KOL as PD and on the air until Sept 1974 when he left the air to become a KOL salesman. The next and last time he shows up in The Times is in June 1982 when he is now working for Wood Specialty Products of Mountlake Terrace as the assistant sales manager-administration.

Jon Ballard became the after-midnight disk jockey on KISW just as the whole daytime staff escaped to a competing station. He stayed for nine years. Previously he was “but a lowly intern at KZOK,” but had been on the air in Palm Springs, CA. (“Seriously, I had really forgotten that.”)
What he does remember is attending an event in Seattle as a youth, seeing a disk jockey. Not just a disk Jockey. It was KJR’s Emperor Smith. “He wore a toga and carried a sceptre. I told my mom I wanted to do that. It took 20 years to realize not all disk jockeys wore togas.”
Ballard now is afternoon guy & PD at 105.1 ‘THE BLAZE’ Fresno Calif. Previously he worked at WBIG and WWDC, both Washington DC, and KZZP, Phoenix.
“I hope to continue to learn, and evolve, as radio continues to change,” Ballard said. “I’m flexible. And, being from Seattle, I make a pretty good cup of coffee.”

Jon R. W. Wailin – KUUU, KYYX Jon lives in San Leandro and is doing airborne traffic reports for KGO, San Francisco.

Josh Goodman was morning host in 2003 at “80’s alternative” KYPT, “the Point” 96.5. until it became “K=Rock” He has worked at stations in North Carolina, Vermont, New York and Colorado. He currently is at KTCL Denver.

Judy Griffin aka Judy Kuneman at KAYE/KJUN -In 1958 I started working at radio station KAYE as JUDY KUNEMAN. The station later became KJUN. For two years I sang with the Bar- K Gang at local remote broadcasts most Saturdays. This is also the same band Buck Owens went to work with when he came up to this part of the country. Unfortunately, when Buck was here I was no longer in the band. I never met him until he had several records out.

Judy St. John [KBSG] Judy St John was an announcer, briefly, at oldies KBSG in 2003. But she gravitated to commercial-traffic manager — did that for nine years — and with other administrative skills became employed for two yeas at KZZU, Spokane, and then got on at Northwest Cable News.
Previously she had been a legal assistant at the state Attorney General’s office and later at private law firms. She has also been a “shoe-fitter” at stores in Seattle, Bellevue and Federal Way.